The hotel industry is an international business, which fulfills important functions and is economically important in all countries. SHL International’s engagement can be viewed through the wide array of project it is involved in.
SHL Cambodia Smiling Gecko
Smiling Gecko is a Swiss charity founded by Hannes Schmid. An important part of the charity is the farmhouse, which is located about two hours outside Phnom Penh. 10 bungalows and a restaurant offer local employees a workplace and vocational training centre.
The SHL has been a partner of the charity two years and has helped with the development of the farmhouse. In addition, the charity provides students with the opportunity to complete a management education as a farmhouse manager.
Southern AsiaSri Lanka
SHL Sri Lanka
An extensive train-the-trainer project was implemented in summer 2016 in Sri Lanka. Employees of a hotel chain, as well as people from different fields within the industry, were able to benefit from a trainer education based on the Swiss model. Methodological skills, in-depth insights into the restoration and housekeeping as well as lessons in Englisch rounded off the program.
The objective is to set up a training institution that will provide young people in Sri Lanka with a professional education in the hotel and catering industry.
As part of the activities to create jobs in Macedonia, SHL accompanies educational experterts on behalf of Swisscontact. The focus will be on methodological and didactic development as well as on the transfer of know-how. Various one-week courses were implemented in 2016 on the subjects of leadership, yield and revenue management and online distribution.
The project continues through 2017. Among other things, the SHL is implementing undercover checks at hotels and restaurants in Ohrid - in the south of Macedonia.
SHL Kambodscha ACAC
SHL is the technical partner and know-how provider for the newly opened cooking school in Phnom Penh. Under the name Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia ACAC, this school was opened at the end of March 2017. Its aim is to implement a dual education similar to Switzerland’s, to give young people the chance to thrive in the labour market. Especially, as Cambodia is an attractive country with a burgeoning tourism industry.
The project was initiated by the Shift 360 foundation.